I meet with the surgeon on June 7. What will happen? I do have spondylolisthesis at the L5-S1 level, and the cause is a chronic pars defect. So..degenerative or isthmic ? I can’t tell; that is why I need a doctor.
Note: he says that the pain level for his operative patients starts with 7 of 10 and ends with 1-2.
Right now, I am maybe a 1 at rest and the pain rises to maybe a 4 at 2 miles of walking, 5 on a bad day. It doesn’t stop me, but the worst pain that I experience encourages me to rest a bit before moving on..and makes me balk at extra walking. From here.
So, it appears that I’ll have 3 options:
Manage as is.
Injection of some sort..to “break the cycle of inflammation.
Surgery..either decompression or a L5-S1 fusion.
I almost fear 1 the most as, well, improvement ..ok, there has been some, has been at a snail’s pace. But I do have a longer “walk with no previous stretching” range than I did before, and my “to the point of being unpleasant” walking range has extended from 1 to 2 miles.